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#95: Territorial-Administrative Decentralisation and Ethno-Cultural Diversity in Ukraine : Addressing Hungarian Autonomy Claims in Zakarpattya

Author David J Smith and Mariana Semenyshyn
Pages 24
Source European Centre for Minority Issues
Release Date 30-11-2016

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The paper argues firstly that, since there is no obvious separatist movement within Zakarpattya, the Ukrainian state should seek as far as possible to accommodate Hungarian identity claims within the region (and those of other smaller minority communities living within the state) as part of a normative and instrumental strategy of promoting ‘unity in diversity’. Secondly, it argues that Ukraine’s current concept of decentralization offers space to realise the non-territorial vision of cultural autonomy, provided that sufficient attention is also given to maintaining pre-existing territorially-based provisions with regard to minority language use and political representation for Hungarians at both regional and national level. 

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